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2020 NFL Draft tight end rankings: Cole Kmet leads the way, but playmakers available in later rounds

If the 2019 NFL Draft had several first-round prospects at tight end, the 2020 class will be lucky to have one go in the first 32 picks. There are no T.J. Hockensons or Noah Fants (Hockenson went eighth overall to the Lions, Fants went 20th to the Broncos), and there may not even be an Irv Smith Jr. (he went 50th to the Vikings), at least in terms of athleticism, blocking and playmaking abilities.

But you also shouldn’t sleep on this group; there are the traditional inline tight ends, the move tight ends who play more like wide receivers, and the blockers who can be a force in the run game. The primary difference, however, is that they’re in short supply. Put another way: If a team desperately needs one (Hi, New England Patriots!) they may have to take one earlier than expected.

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